History Trivia / BeingThere

4th Dec '16 10:44:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** Because the title doesn't translate well, non-English-speaking territories changed it, usually into a ProtagonistTitle. ''Chance the Gardener'' was probably the most popular of these, but there were others: ''Bienvenue Mister Chance'' (French) and ''Chance'' (Japanese; also a DoubleMeaningTitle); ''In The Garden'' was utilized in some South American countries. Italy used ''Oltre il giardino'', or "Beyond the Garden".
** On the other hand Poland's translators have opted for what roughly translates to ''It's Enough To Be'', Czechoslovakia has gone with ''I Was There'', and Russia decided to go with literal translation of title, so in Slavic territories it was partially averted.
4th Dec '16 10:39:54 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreativeDifferences: Even though he's credited as the sole screenwriter, Jerzy Kosinski had almost no involvement with the film, since he and Hal Ashby had a different vision for the story, and Kosinski was busy with other work. Kosinski submitted a screenplay draft, but it wound up being largely rewritten by Ashby associate Robert C. Jones. Kosinski appealed to the Writers Guild for a full credit and got it, reportedly by submitting one of Jones's drafts and claiming that he actually wrote it.

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* CreativeDifferences: Even though he's credited as the sole screenwriter, Jerzy Kosinski had almost no involvement with the film, since he and Hal Ashby Creator/HalAshby had a different vision for the story, and Kosinski was busy with other work. Kosinski submitted a screenplay draft, but it wound up being largely rewritten by Ashby associate Robert C. Jones. Kosinski appealed to the Writers Guild for a full credit and got it, reportedly by submitting one of Jones's drafts and claiming that he actually wrote it.



* DyeingForYourArt: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] Sellers let his gray hair show, unlike in most of his later films, but he did have it cut. As described above, he also risked his failing health to gain weight for the role.
* FakeAmerican: Peter Sellers, a Brit, as Chance. In the film, Chance lives in Washington, D.C., but Sellers intentionally plays him without any kind of specific regional dialect/accent as per a description in the book. To pull this off, Sellers took (British) Stan Laurel's voice and gave it a generic "American" accent. Sellers was a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy and openly admitted to using Laurel's screen persona to inform his performance as Chance, which makes this a big ShoutOut of sorts.

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* DyeingForYourArt: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] Sellers Creator/PeterSellers let his gray hair show, unlike in most of his later films, but he did have it cut. As described above, he also risked his failing health to gain weight for the role.
* FakeAmerican: Peter Sellers, Creator/PeterSellers, a Brit, as Chance. In the film, Chance lives in Washington, D.C., but Sellers intentionally plays him without any kind of specific regional dialect/accent as per a description in the book. To pull this off, Sellers took (British) Stan Laurel's Creator/StanLaurel's voice and gave it a generic "American" accent. Sellers was a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy Creator/LaurelAndHardy and openly admitted to using Laurel's screen persona to inform his performance as Chance, which makes this a big ShoutOut of sorts.



* PlayingAgainstType: Sellers had such range that saying he had one type isn't accurate, but audiences knew him best as LargeHam FunnyForeigner [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Jacques Clouseau]] by 1979 due to the role dominating his career comeback. This ''much'' more serene character and story certainly was a change of pace.
* RealitySubtext: Sellers never hid his motivations for wanting to play Chance. He even had business cards made up with Chance's name in place of his own, and was known to occasionally confuse people by suddenly assuming Chance's persona -- and this was ''before'' the film was greenlit.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Sellers Creator/PeterSellers had such range that saying he had one type isn't accurate, but audiences knew him best as LargeHam FunnyForeigner [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Jacques Clouseau]] by 1979 due to the role dominating his career comeback. This ''much'' more serene character and story certainly was a change of pace.
* RealitySubtext: Sellers Creator/PeterSellers never hid his motivations for wanting to play Chance. He even had business cards made up with Chance's name in place of his own, and was known to occasionally confuse people by suddenly assuming Chance's persona -- and this was ''before'' the film was greenlit.



** Solely because of the "I like to watch" scene, LaurenceOlivier turned down the role of Ben Rand, the role which Melvyn Douglas won a Supporting Actor Oscar for. Creator/BurtLancaster was also considered for the part.
** At one point in the mid-'70s, it was announced that Gore Vidal was going to write the screenplay.

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** Solely because of the "I like to watch" scene, LaurenceOlivier Creator/LaurenceOlivier turned down the role of Ben Rand, the role which Melvyn Douglas won a Supporting Actor Oscar for. Creator/BurtLancaster was also considered for the part.
** At one point in the mid-'70s, it was announced that Gore Vidal Creator/GoreVidal was going to write the screenplay.



* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The ending came about because of a comment that Hal Ashby made to a friend about how impressive Peter Sellers was in his performance and his willingness to try new things: [[spoiler:"I could have this guy walking on water at the end of the film!"]]

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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The ending came about because of a comment that Hal Ashby Creator/HalAshby made to a friend about how impressive Peter Sellers was in his performance and his willingness to try new things: [[spoiler:"I could have this guy walking on water at the end of the film!"]]
9th Sep '16 12:57:41 PM bt8257
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* PlayingAgainstType: Sellers had such range that saying he had one type isn't accurate, but audiences knew him best as LargeHam FunnyForeigner [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]] by 1979 due to the role dominating his career comeback. This ''much'' more serene character and story certainly was a change of pace.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Sellers had such range that saying he had one type isn't accurate, but audiences knew him best as LargeHam FunnyForeigner [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Jacques Clouseau]] by 1979 due to the role dominating his career comeback. This ''much'' more serene character and story certainly was a change of pace.
9th Sep '16 12:57:02 PM bt8257
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* DyeingForYourArt: Almost averted. Sellers let his gray hair show, unlike in most of his later films, but he did have it cut. As described above, he also risked his failing health to gain weight for the role.

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* DyeingForYourArt: Almost averted. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] Sellers let his gray hair show, unlike in most of his later films, but he did have it cut. As described above, he also risked his failing health to gain weight for the role.
18th Aug '16 4:53:48 PM Ezclee4050
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* CreativeDifferences: Even though he's credited as the sole screenwriter, Jerzy Kosinski had almost no involvement with the film, since he and Hal Ashby had a different vision for the story, and Kosinski was busy with other work. Kosinski submitted a screenplay draft, but it wound up being largely rewritten by Ashby associate Robert C. Jones. Kosinski appealed to the Writers Guild for a full credit and got it, reportedly by submitting one of Jones's drafts and claiming that he actually wrote it.
18th Aug '16 4:36:53 PM Ezclee4050
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** The filming script's ending was significantly different than what was ultimately conceived and used. [[spoiler: Eve follows Chance after he wanders away and they head back together. He leaves his umbrella behind to shield a small tree -- that would have been the highly symbolic final shot.]] This ending ''was'' shot, and a publicity still from the press kit was drawn from it, but the actual scene didn't surface until the 2009 Blu-Ray disc.

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** The filming script's ending was significantly different than what was ultimately conceived and used. [[spoiler: Eve follows Chance after he wanders away and they head back together. He leaves his umbrella behind to shield a small tree -- that would have been the highly symbolic final shot.]] This ending ''was'' shot, and a publicity still from the press kit was drawn from it, but the actual scene didn't surface until the 2009 Blu-Ray disc.disc.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The ending came about because of a comment that Hal Ashby made to a friend about how impressive Peter Sellers was in his performance and his willingness to try new things: [[spoiler:"I could have this guy walking on water at the end of the film!"]]
17th Aug '16 3:12:02 PM Ezclee4050
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** Solely because of the "I like to watch" scene, LaurenceOlivier turned down the role of Ben Rand, the role which Melvyn Douglas won a Supporting Actor Oscar for.

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** Solely because of the "I like to watch" scene, LaurenceOlivier turned down the role of Ben Rand, the role which Melvyn Douglas won a Supporting Actor Oscar for. Creator/BurtLancaster was also considered for the part.
16th Aug '16 2:49:11 AM Ezclee4050
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* ActorAllusion: Subtle and probably not intentional, but a few minutes after Chance watches ''Series/SesameStreet'', longtime Muppeteer Fran Brill shows up to play Sally Hayes.
3rd Apr '16 4:16:33 PM Prfnoff
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Dr. Allenby is [[Series/LALaw Leland McKenzie]].
** One of the President's aides is Gov. Gatling from ''{{Benson}}''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: If Sally the lawyer's voice sounds vaguely familiar, that's because she's played by Fran Brill, aka [[Series/SesameStreet Prairie Dawn and Zoe]].



** The filming script's ending was significantly different than what was ultimately conceived and used. [[spoiler: Eve follows Chance after he wanders away and they head back together. He leaves his umbrella behind to shield a small tree -- that would have been the highly symbolic final shot.]] This ending ''was'' shot, and a publicity still from the press kit was drawn from it, but the actual scene didn't surface until the 2009 Blu-Ray disc.

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** The filming script's ending was significantly different than what was ultimately conceived and used. [[spoiler: Eve follows Chance after he wanders away and they head back together. He leaves his umbrella behind to shield a small tree -- that would have been the highly symbolic final shot.]] This ending ''was'' shot, and a publicity still from the press kit was drawn from it, but the actual scene didn't surface until the 2009 Blu-Ray disc.
4th Dec '15 5:38:51 AM twilicorn
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* DyeingForYourArt: Almost averted. Sellers let his gray hair show, unlike in most of his later films, but he did have it cut.

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* DyeingForYourArt: Almost averted. Sellers let his gray hair show, unlike in most of his later films, but he did have it cut. As described above, he also risked his failing health to gain weight for the role.
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